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Job hunting like a pro

Apply directly to your dream job at a startup you admire – instead of responding to a job advertisement or recruiter. And easily do your homework on interesting companies so you can submit the best possible application. That’s what Dealroom enables you to do. 

Get started straight away with a free account. With your account, explore all the startups that are hiring. You can also request a free job seeker account

The right company for you

On Dealroom, you can be very specific about the growth stage, team, investors, and what the company does.

Growth stage

Working for a pre-seed startup completely differs from working at a scale-up. One isn’t better than the other, but it’s important to make explicit choices and know what you are getting into. The below chart shows how you can distinguish them on the platform.

Startup stage Breakout stage Scaleup stage
Typical last round Pre-seed ($0–1M)

Seed ($1–4M)

Series A ($4–15M)

Series B ($15–40M)

Series C ($40–100M)

Megaround ($100–250M)

Megaround+ ($250M+)

Typical headcount * 5–60 people 40–250 people 100+ people
Typical company valuation * $1–60M $60–400M $400M+
Team focus Build Proof of Concept/MVP

Find Product-market-fit (PMF) and Go-to-market-fit (GTMF)

Manage and sustain rapid growth

Unit economics

Prepare for scale

Enable sustained growth

Maintain performance at scale

Archetypes Pirates and romantics More experienced hires who still thrive on chaos More experienced hires who like streamlining things

* range from first to third quartile (therefore, the ranges overlap for headcount).

You can also search for bootstrapped startups.  


The proprietary technology taxonomy has the following base structure:

Client focus B2B, B2C
Business models SaaS, Marketplaces & eCommerce, Manufacturing (Physical Products)
Technologies Deep tech, Artificial intelligence, Hardware, Mobile app, Machine learning, Big data, Blockchain, IoT (Internet of Things), 3D technology, Computer vision, Virtual reality, Recognition technology, Augmented reality, Connected device, Nanotech, Autonomous & sensor tech, Deep learning, Natural language processing, Quantum technologies, 3D.
Industries Health, Fintech, Food, Media, Marketing, Enterprise Software, Transportation, Fashion, Real Estate, Home Living, Education, Kids, Energy, Wellness, Sports, Hosting, Gaming, Travel, Semiconductors, Music, Event Tech, Jobs Recruitment, Security, Legal, Robotics, Telecom, Dating, Service Provider, Engineering and Manufacturing Equipment, Space, Consumer Electronics, Chemicals.

To learn more about the taxonomy and how it all works, go to the Taxonomy Guide.

Impact and sustainability

Dealroom’s Intelligence Unit has built an extensive taxonomy around impact, climate and sustainability. You can learn more about all this in our Climate Tech Guide. Below you can navigate some categories.

Category Keyword examples
Carbon Carbon capture and storage, Carbon tracking & offset, Climate fintech, Biochar, MRV, Direct air capture, Methane, NBS
Circular Economy Food waste, Waste to energy, Advanced materials, Recycling, Supply Chain management
Energy Transition Energy efficiency, Energy Storage, Solar Energy, Hydrogen, Wind Energy, Nuclear
Farming and food production Precision agriculture, Regenerative agriculture, Alternative Protein, Fermentation, Vertical Farming, Fertigation
Mobility Electric mobility, EV battery, EV charging, Biofuel
The Built Environment Advanced materials, Green buildings, Smart grid, Heat pump, Building energy retrofit
Blue economy Algae, Wave energy
Sustainable development goals No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life on Land, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, Partnerships


Deep, frontier, hard tech

Deep Tech is the filter to use if you are looking for work involving scientific and engineering breakthroughs and discoveries. It includes areas such as Future of Computing (e.g. quantum computing, photonics tech, ai chips), novel energy (e.g. nuclear fusion, hydrogen, solid-state batteries, carbon removal), novel ai (e.g. generative AI, explainable and responsible AI, autonomous systems), space tech, synthetic biology and more.

Frontier tech is broader than Deep Tech, including companies using these novel technologies as applications without developing R&D on them. It includes Deep Tech, plus things like VR, AR, blockchain, autonomous tech, climate tech, robotics, space, and semiconductors.

Hard Tech is even broader. It includes Frontier Tech, plus notoriously “hard-to-crack” markets like Health and Energy and processes like Hardware and Manufacturing

Category Keywords
Transportation Autonomous mobility, Space tech for aviation, Alternative battery chemistry
Semiconductors Photonics tech, AI chips and processors, Brain-computer interfaces, Neuromorphic chips and processors
Blockchain Crypto and web 3.0 infrastructure, blockchain
Space Launch vehicles, Earth observation satellites
Energy Hydrogen, Nuclear fission, Nuclear fusion
Health AI drug discovery
Metaverse Metaverse
Carbon Carbon removal, Carbon capture and storage
Synbio Synthetic biology
AI Generative AI
Quantum Technology Quantum computing
Food Lab-grown, Precision agriculture

Investor quality

The quality of the investors says a great deal about the startup’s chances of success. This is especially true at the (pre)seed stage, where most startups fail, but the failure rate can range from 50% to 95%, depending on the investors. The Journey to Series A report shows that raising from top-tier investors is a decent predictor of startup survival.

Companies backed by selected top-tier early-stage investors: SV Angel, 500 Global, LocalGlobe, Kima, PointNine, Cherry, Founder Collective, First Round, Index, Accel, Lightspeed, A16Z, Sequoia, General Catalyst, Founders Fund, Khosla –  or pick any investor of your choice. 

Dealroom Signal

Finally, you can use the Dealroom Signal to your advantage by focusing on the most promising startups. Think of the Dealroom Signal as an indicative aid rather than a single source of truth. Click on the column to sort by the Signal, or use the dropdown to add a minimal signal.

Finding the right role

Job categories

Sales & Marketing jobs Sales, Marketing & Communication, CSM & Support, Business Development
Tech & Product jobs Backend Development, Data Science & Engineering, Full-stack Development, Frontend Development, DevOps, Android Development, iOS Development, Design
General jobs Human Resources, Accounting, Project Management, Finance, Logistics, Business Intelligence, Legal

Tech stack

You can filter companies by the specific tech used by the teams. 

Programming languages PHP, Ruby, Python, Java, Go,  C#, Perl, Scala, Dart, Rust, Kotlin, Haskell, C++, COBOL, Javascript
Frameworks Laravel, Rails, Flask, Spring, ExpressJS, AngularJS, Vue.js, React, Symfony, Bootstrap, Django, Gatsby, Vercel
Libraries jQuery, Lodash, Underscore, Moment.js, Select2, Handlebars, chart.js
Marketing  Google Analytics, New Relic, Mixpanel, Heap, Kissmetrics, Piwik, Woopra, Clicky, Chartbeat, Crazy Egg, Hotjar, Hubspot, Salesforce, Mailchimp, Semrush
Content management WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, Shopify, Wix, Squarespace, TYPO3, PrestaShop, Weebly, Contentful, Webflow
Cloud services Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Linode
Developer tools Nginx, Docker, Kubernetes, Apache, Jenkins, Apache Spark, Hadoop, Git, Numpy, TensorFlow, Scikit-learn, SciPy, spaCy, HashiCorp Terraform
Database systems PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite, MongoDB, SQL server, Redis, DB2, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, MariaDB, Oracle, neo4j, Algolia realtime search, Algolia, Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, Databricks, Snowflake

Recruiting for your startup

Startups can also pitch themselves to top talent searching for a new challenge.

Step 1: Sign up and claim your startup company profile.

Step 2: Add your pitch to make your company profile stand out more and become visible on the platform. Check the below GIF (for more, check here how to add your pitch):

Step 3: Request a founder package. 

Visit and request extended access.